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Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Old habits die hard and Caron Butler knows that well.One year removed from the NBA, but he still can’t shake off his straw-chewing routine.ADVERTISEMENT Role players save Arellano in 2OT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Butler, a journeyman who played for nine NBA teams in his 14-year career, has also become a willing mentor for the up-and-comers.“I’m working while also staying connected to the game of basketball, talking and educating while also seeing some of my young guys that still need that guidance that even when I’m not in the locker room, I could come from a different objective and different place where I could give valuable pieces of information to them,” he said.Butler is encouraging players to be more vocal about their advocacies and take the opportunity that basketball provides to be a positive influence to their thousands of fans, especially in the age where it’s easy to connect to everyone through social media.“I think it’s great when you see athletes outside of what they’re considered to be. Whenever you have a talent, you want them to stay in that bubble as that talent. All you want to see them do is play basketball or play football. People are human beings, they have feelings. It’s good to see athletes use their platform and following to educate to the best of their knowledge and talk about things that is a problem. I want to see more of it,” he said.“The only thing I say is you’re an athlete and you do that, educate yourself on what you’re talking about. If you want to go out there and be vocal, be sure that you’re educated enough to talk about these things and answer the questions.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hand on some straw since I landed. But I’m gonna drop at the nearest McDonald’s and get some straw, the red, yellow, and white one. You’ll see that in my mouth,” Butler playfully shared on Thursday as he met the press at NBA Store in Trinoma.But don’t get distracted with what he’s chewing, but rather focus on what he’s saying as the 37-year-oldpost-basketball career as an ambassador for the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m doing a lot of things, which is coming out and using my platform to inspire and tell the story of the game of basketball from my eyes and what I’ve seen. I’ve also been staying busy doing case studies and enrolling in the University of Harvard while being a father of four girls. That keeps me busy,” he said.Being a basketball ambassador has also allowed Butler to venture into new things that are still close to the game like doing color commentary for the league’s broadcast. MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Caron Butler remains close to the game a year out of the NBA57 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View commentslast_img read more

Columbian determined not be just another ‘checkmark’ for other PBA teams

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Columbian players Rashawn McCarthy, Eric Camson and JayR Reyes. Photo by Mark GiongcoRashawn McCarthy has had enough losing and he believes the time has come for Columbian to finally turn things around in the upcoming 2019 PBA Season.The Dyip, who have dwelled at the bottom of the standings since joining the league in 2014, chalked up another forgettable season last year where they won only six games out of the possible 33.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte And all the losing has lit a fire in McCarthy’s belly.“I’m super motivated. Last year was tough, we don’t wanna have a repeat that’s why we’re here early while the finals was still going on just to get the early work in and try to improve from what we did last year and not take step backwards,” McCarthy said after Wednesday’s practice at Azure Urban Resort Residences in Parañaque City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 29-year-old guard, who is coming off a breakout year in his first season with the Kia franchise after being traded by San Miguel Beer as part of the controversial deal that sent the rights to the 2017 top overall pick to the Beermen, is determined to erase Columbian’s stigma of being pushovers after a string of losing seasons.“We just don’t wanna be a checkmark on someone’s schedule,” McCarthy said. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img “A lot of teams look at us at the beginning of the year when they get the schedule, they see Columbian and they see it as an easy game. We don’t want it to be like that. We just wanna go out and fight and be competitive every night.”The arrival of CJ Perez is a major reason for Columbian to feel good about itself ahead of the new season.Perez, the do-it all guard, was the top overall pick by the Dyip in the 2018 PBA Draft and his addition is certainly a much-needed shot in the arm for a struggling franchise.“He gives us energy, especially in the open court. He’s young, strong and fearless,” said veteran forward Eric Camson in Filipino.This early, Camson already noticed some changes in the team mentally.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “There was a time last year where the relationship between players and coaches weren’t okay from all the losing that we took. It’s normal but if we keep being like that the won’t go anywhere,” Camson said.“But now it’s different. Now, we’re all on the same direction and we see one another equally. Not one player thinks he’s on a higher level than his teammates even the rookies.”Columbian gets to show the rest of the league how far they’ve come when it plays defending champion San Miguel Beer on January 18 to open its campaign in the 2019 Philippine Cup.“The preparations have been really good. We’ve been training really hard and I think we’re in pretty good shape and we’re ready to get the season started,” McCarthy said.“Definitely, it’s a good test for us. I feel like San Miguel is the measuring stick for everyone, especially in the all-Filipino Cup. They’ve won the last four championships. I just love to play against those guys. those are my guys, I love to compete against those guys, it’s always fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Edward Kelly looks to start the year right for Team Lakay Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Sarfraz Ahmed hopes Champions Trophy triumph brings international cricket back to Pakistan

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes his side’s crushing victory over India in the Champions Trophy final would serve as a catalyst to bring back international cricket back home.Pakistan delivered a splendid all-round performance against India, winning the finals by massive 180 runs at the Kennington Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India was bowled out for 158 runs in 33.3 overs.Sarfraz said, “I think this is a great achievement for me, my team and my country. Hopefully, this win, everyone will remember not [just] today or tomorrow, but for a very long time.When we arrived here, we were ranked 8th, and now, we are the champions. So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan,” the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying.At his post-match conference, the 30-year-old also hailed his young team’s efforts through the tournament.”The credit goes to my boys; they’re learning very well and they work hard.When superstars play, it is easier to guide them during a match because they don’t need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations. But these youngsters are remarkable and highly committed,” he added.Specifically pointing out the performance of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, Sarfraz said he was quite glad with the way they performed in the tournament and guided Pakistan to victory.”Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team. All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard,” the Pakistan captain said.advertisement”A lot of people had vibes that we might not be able to defeat India, that their batting is too strong for us to handle. However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today,” he concluded.last_img read more

Experience of Gundy, Cowboys Key to Not Repeating Historic Mistakes

first_imgFriday night games don’t come around every year and they have rarely reaped positive results for the Cowboys. Mike Gundy has only been a head coach in six of them and his record is a disappointing 2-4 (including bowl games).The first time a Gundy-coached squad suited up on Friday was in 2007. The 1-1 Cowboys started the season with a 21-point loss at No. 13 Georgia and a 42-6 blowout of Florida Atlantic. What followed was a sad Week-3 trip to Troy, Alabama to face the Trojans.Most of us remember how that trip ended, and it’s not something Gundy will ever forget. The loss was still fresh on the mind of the third-year head coach when he made his infamous rant eight days later.During this week’s press conference, the 13th-year, 50-year old version of Mike Gundy was asked about the upcoming seventh episode Friday Night Fights and how it might resemble the first.“I think we’re a better team now,” said Gundy. “That was really early in my career and how we got to this point I’m not sure. When you go play down there, the field is still 52 yards wide. I think our organization and our program is more mature now than it was in years past.“We’re still vulnerable at all times, and it’s never as comforting to play on the road as it is to play at home. Our players understand that and we’ve had those discussions. We’re holding them responsible for preparation and playing like we’re playing at home.”One of those players who will be held responsible for getting himself and his teammates ready is senior quarterback Mason Rudolph. He hasn’t exactly been in this situation but he’s no stranger to fluky non-conference games and the type of traps they can present.But Rudolph echoed his head coach’s sentiment, putting trust in the veteran group.“I think any game, no matter the ranking or who you’re playing or where you’re playing. If you’ve got veteran leaders, experienced guys who have been through all types of game situations where you’re expected to win, you’re the favorite, it’s great.“You know how to kind of approach each and every game each and every environment you’re going to play in whether it’s a hundred thousand in Austin or 30 or 40 (thousand) down in Mobile. It’s definitely a plus.”Speaking of attendance, QB1 was being a little generous. Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile holds a capacity of 40,600 but the Jaguars averaged an attendance of just 16,250 last season.Now in its sixth year as an FBS football program, South Alabama has welcomed two Power 5 schools as well as Air Force and Navy. The biggest crowd drawn was 38,129 for 11th-ranked Ole Miss in 2013. When North Carolina State came to town in 2015, the crowd totaled merely 21,314.How much of a local splash does another No. 11 vistor in Oklahoma State make in SEC country and how much of an imprint does that make on the outcome the upcoming contest?Record crowd or not, South Alabama is probably no Troy of a decade ago. But that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly, even if the Cowboys have grown to a 28.5-point favorite.“It’s a good team that we’re playing this week and I know the score was maybe a little lopsided against Ole Miss, but athletically they’re as good as half of the teams in our league, in my opinion,” said Gundy.“Last year, they [South Alabama] beat Mississippi State and San Diego State and then lost some they probably felt like they should’ve won. We’ve got to go on the road, so we’ll pack our guys up and head down there early on Thursday and get ready to roll Friday night.”So when the Cowboys make the trip to Mobile (just 170 miles southwest of Troy), they should be ready. This doesn’t seem like the type of game that trips up a team full of veterans who know exactly what messing around with a lesser team in Week 2 can get you.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

What Remedy Could There Be for Declining Freight Rates?

first_imgDrewry forecasts that once again, average freight rates will be lower than in the previous year.The company estimates that on the headhaul transpacific trade alone, carriers have given away in the region of $1.25bn in annual revenue via the lower annual contracts they signed with Beneficial Cargo Owner clients in May.“The blocking of the P3 alliance by the Chinese authorities is disappointing for the industry”They also signed new annual contracts on the Asia-Europe trade earlier in the year at levels of around $150-$200 per 40ft container lower than in 2013.On the positive side, they may have secured base cargoes to fill their ships at a low price. But this puts more pressure on carriers to try and recover revenue from the spot market.Drewry believes that volatility in the spot market will remain high this year.While supply and demand remain key drivers of freight rates across all trades, those carriers cutting their costs are also better equipped to offer lower rates and in real terms they are in fact passing back these benefits to their customers.Industry unit costs per teu are forecast to decline by 2.5% this year and strategies such as slow steaming, re-designing networks and buying bunkers in Russia are crucial to this, but carriers will struggle to make a profit since we are also forecasting unit revenues to decline by a similar amount.The blocking of the P3 alliance by the Chinese authorities is also disappointing for the industry since it was an excellent opportunity to help stabilise the main trades in terms of capacity management and efficient use of assets.That chance is now missed. A mature debate is required to help balance the benefits of higher economies of scale, alliance consolidation and the need to control an oligopoly of mega alliances.According to Neil Dekker, Drewry’s director of container research, adequately matching supply and demand at the global level and on a consistent basis is simply beyond the industry.“This is an industry where accurate volumes on many trade lanes are unknown– simply because there is no unified and agreed system of accounting,” he said. zoom Drewry’s 2Q14 Container Forecaster highlights that there is a widening gap between the positive financiáis of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines, as they battle with the pressure of falling freight rates. Press Release; July 2, 2014, Image: MSClast_img read more

Repair work continues at IFFCO Chowk underpass

first_imgGurugram: Repair works are still being undertaken at the IFFCO Chowk underpass even as it was opened for the traffic on Saturday evening. Due to Friday rains, a part of the underpass had caved in leading to the NHAI to close the underpass for more than 24 hours.Officials of the NHAI said that most of the repairs were completed by Saturday morning by clearing the high deposition of slush had become a time-consuming hindrance, which delayed the opening of the underpass. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNHAI officials explained that ‘extension joints’ are essentially the attachment of the concrete wall of the underpass and its boundary wall, to support the structure. Gaps in the extension joints on Friday had resulted in large amounts of rainwater entering the underpass. A stiffener is similar to a metallic bolt, holding the two structures together, they said. With the underpass being located in a low-lying area, NHAI officials also said that it remains vulnerable to flooding whenever there is heavy rain. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThere have been various occasions due to heavy rains the IFFCO Chowk underpass has been completely inundated. The incident of inundation of the underpass first came in 2018 when the underpass was being constructed. That time it had been highlighted that how massive amount of water stored could weaken the structure. Friday rains once again exposed the quality of construction in the city. Inaugurated in the month of April this year, the public officials from NHAI as well as Gurugram agencies were left in an embarrassing position again when MG Road underpass developed cracks and a portion of it collapsed due to heavy rainfall.last_img read more

Canadian Actors Giacomo Gianniotti Laysla De Oliveira to Star in Romantic Drama

first_img Facebook Giacomo Gianniotti, Laysla De Oliveira, Adelaide Kane, Rachel Skarsten, Raymond Ablack, and Jonathan Keltz are starring in the romantic drama “Acquainted.”Shooting has started in Toronto. Natty Zavitz is directing from his own script. “Acquainted” follows up his first film, “Edging,” which recently won the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Canadian Film Fest.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

TSX lower as Europe fears continue to weigh on commodity prices

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was lower Thursday on the final day of first-quarter trading but the market found support in a surprise profit from tech giant BlackBerry amid the rollout of its new touchscreen Z10 smartphone.BlackBerry shares (TSX:BB) (NASDAQ:BBRY) were up 58 cents or 3.92 per cent at $15.38 after the company posted a profit of US$98 million or 19 cents per share compared with a loss of $125 million or 24 cents per share a year ago.The S&P/TSX composite index was off the worst levels of the day as base metal stocks turned positive, but was still down 15.4 points at 12,684.25 in a session that featured another round of worry about the future of the eurozone. The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.22 of a point to 1,097.57 in the final day of a shortened trading week ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.“There hasn’t really been much in the way of good news out of anywhere,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada..“It seems as though we have a lot of people who are closing out positions and who can blame people for not wanting to do much.”The Canadian dollar was off session highs but still up 0.03 of a cent at 98.41 cents US amid January gross domestic product figures that showed Canada’s economy grew at a faster than expected clip after faltering at the end of 2012.Statistics Canada reported that real gross domestic product in January grew by 0.2 per cent. That was better than the 0.1 per cent gain economists had expected and followed a 0.2 per cent dip in December.U.S. indexes registered gains going into the weekend amid other data that showed that the U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year.The Dow Jones industrials index gained 44.89 points to 14,571.05.The Nasdaq composite index edged 4.01 points higher to 3,260.53 while the S&P 500 index could be on the way to a record high close, jumping 4.2 points to 1,567.05, surpassing its record closing high of Oct. 9, 2007.The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 per cent in the October-December quarter. That was slightly better than the previous estimate of 0.1 per cent growth. The revision reflected stronger business investment and export sales.Traders looked to Cyprus where banks reopened after a nearly two-week shutdown as the tiny Mediterranean country negotiated a bailout agreement with international creditors that will see many large depositors lose a big chunk of their money.“It opens up a Pandora’s box and who can trust their banks now?” added Cieszynski.The mood was generally calm despite some long queues at certain branches. Cyprus has imposed capital controls to prevent a run on the banks, the first time such measures have been taken since the euro was established in 1999.The TSX was set to end the week with a loss after the Cyprus bailout agreement was clinched in the early hours of Monday morning. Early relief gave way to concern that the Cyprus bailout agreement may be a model for the future.Uncertainty over the political future of Italy was also putting pressure on the euro. Following inconclusive elections around a month ago, the country is still without a government and that has raised concerns over its future economic path. Italy is the third-largest economy of the 17 countries that use the euro.The financials sector fell 0.4 per cent, with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) dropping $1 to $58.41.The gold sector was down 0.65 per cent as June bullion dipped $8.30 to US$1,598.90 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) faded seven cents to C$7.31.The energy sector was off 0.1 per cent even as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up three cents to US$96.61 a barrel.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shares added 12 cents to C$30.52 after it announced Wednesday it was not going ahead with its troubled Voyageur oilsands upgrader project, citing market conditions which have changed significantly, challenging the economics of the project. Suncor took a $1.49-billion writedown on Voyageur in the fourth quarter of 2012.The company said it will take a charge to its first quarter net income and cash flow from operations of approximately $140 million and $180 million respectively as a result of the decision.The TSX found support from the utilities sector, up about one per cent as Atlantic Power (TSX:ATP) gained nine cents to $5.18.Industrials also advanced with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $2.27 to $131.33.May copper shed early gains and was unchanged at US$3.44 a pound and the base metals sector gained 0.26 per cent. Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) rose 17 cents to C$4.90.European bourses advanced as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.8 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.53 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.77 per cent. read more

Annan calls on Israelis and Palestinians to observe international obligations

Expressing concern over the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians during Israeli military operations in northern Gaza Strip on Monday after Palestinians there launched rocket attacks, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on both sides to fulfil their international obligations in the run-up to Palestinian elections next week. “He is particularly disturbed that at least five of the victims were under the age of 18,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said, adding, “The Israeli military operations followed a marked increase in recent days of Qassam rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.” Mr. Annan reminded them of “the vital importance of exercising maximum restraint and responsibility during this critical period before the 9 January Palestinian presidential elections,” she said. The Secretary-General renewed his call on both parties “to follow their obligations under international law and in particular to ensure the protection of the civilian population,” Ms. Okabe said. Meanwhile, 51 countries had sent observer delegations with 320 delegates so far for the elections on Sunday and more than 700 international observers would be deployed on the election day, she said. “Further to the UN’s ongoing technical and logistical assistance programmes, the Palestinian Central Election Commission and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested the UN to deploy a Liaison and Support Unit,” she said. read more

Grad students take on Three Minute Thesis challenge

The clock will be ticking as graduate students step before the judges to explain their research.The preliminary round of Brock University’s fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition takes place Thursday, Feb. 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pond Inlet.Winners will advance to the Brock finals on Thursday, March 30.The annual competition gives graduate students three minutes each to explain their research in a way that captivates judges and others from outside their discipline.The 3MT competition was initially introduced by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008 as a means to tell research stories in a new way.Brock’s challenge winner and runner-up are awarded $500 and $250, respectively. read more

Ohio States Noah Spence set to return against Kent State

Then-sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) tackles Penn State then-freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State football program will likely head into its third game of the season with one of the team’s most dynamic defensive players back in the lineup.Junior defensive lineman Noah Spence is set to return to game action after missing the Buckeyes’ last three games because of a suspension handed out in January.Spence was originally suspended a full year by the NCAA for testing positive for ecstasy before his family appealed the suspension and it was reduced to three games. A second appeal was unsuccessful.Spence served his three-game suspension by sitting out the 2014 Orange Bowl and the first two games of the 2014 season against Navy and Virginia Tech.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he is excited for Spence to be back out on the field.“First of all, he is an exceptional player. I know myself and his family (are) anxious to see him play,” Meyer said during a Big Ten teleconference. “He has handled (his suspension) — he went down to the scout team and performed for the last two weeks. (He is) very selfless and we are anxious to get him going.”Neither Spence, nor the usual amount of OSU players, were made available for comment Monday following the Buckeyes’ loss to Virginia Tech. Just one player of the expected three spoke to the media after Meyer’s weekly press conference.Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said though he hadn’t coached Spence until the spring, he is eager to see what the junior can do.“Noah is a very talented player. Fits well in our scheme. Has a tremendous ability to get after the quarterback and I think it is going to help us a lot,” Ash said Monday.Because he was suspended, Spence spent most of his time during fall camp with the scout team. Ash said, however, Spence has still been involved with the first-team defense.“He has been in all of the defensive line meetings, so all through the course of training camp, he has worked a lot of scout team stuff going against our offense,” Ash said. “He has been out there practicing our stuff quite a bit.”Ash added that during the short time he coached Spence, he has seen the lineman take steps to become a better player throughout camp.“We saw a lot of strides in the spring from him. From the time we started to the time we ended spring practice, he really made a lot of improvement,” Ash said. “He has made improvement throughout training camp so far also and (we) are excited to see him get out there on game day.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said during OSU’s fall media day that he expects to play multiple linemen to keep players fresh.The addition of Spence into the lineup should help do that.“My goal is to have a group of nine to 10 guys we can shuffle in and out in no particular order,” Johnson said Aug. 10. “We have the talent to be able to do that. We just have to coach it up.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

Waitrose customers dismayed as supermarket curbs free tea and coffee

first_img“From 3 April, we’ll simply be asking myWaitrose members to make a purchase before collecting their cup at the checkout. “We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have any questions about this, please either speak with a Partner in your local branch, or alternatively full FAQs can be found through the ‘contact us’ link below.”Customers have been unhappy about the change. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In an email sent to customers, the supermarket wrote: “Our myWaitrose free tea and coffee offer is one of the ways we thank our customers for shopping with us – and we want all our customers to be able to enjoy a free hot drink when they shop with us in our branches.  Waitrose is to curb its popular free tea and coffee scheme, in a move which has caused upset among customers.After a trial in eight of its stores, all in the South East, the supermarket is implementing the change across all shops.From April 3, Waitrose customers throughout the country will have to make a purchase before collecting their coffee cup at the check-out.  This will be a big story in my local @waitrose: the chain has ended free coffee for customers who don’t buy spend any money— Richard Eden (@richardaeden) March 21, 2017 More developments in the Waitrose free coffee saga @markchristie! Small print says you can’t just go in and buy a single-use carrier bag 😉— Rachel Ingram (@mrsrachelingram) March 21, 2017center_img Martin Lane, managing editor of finance website said:“I’m sure this will have many loyal Waitrose customers up in arms as the famous freebie has become a firm favourite with shoppers. Paying customers can still get free tea and coffee so long as they buy something.This could be a good thing for genuine punters doing their weekly food shop and might stop some people who cheekily nip in for a regular freebie without buying anything. “For genuine customers, nothing really changes – it’s only the freeloaders who will suffer so it’s win win for the Waitrose tribe.”    Finally! Waitrose removes the coffee freeloaders clogging up stores…— James Murphy (@jwmurphy) March 21, 2017 One Twitter user wrote: “How can I enjoy a free tea or coffee while I shop at Waitrose if I have to buy something first? Not happy with this change at all.”Another said: “No more “free” coffee at Waitrose. You have to buy something first. I blame Brexit.”This comes after Waitrose cracked down on free coffee in January 2015, telling customers they had to buy something such as a pastry if they wanted to enjoy a free beverage in their sit-down cafes. The moment @waitrose emails you to inform you that you’ve got to make a purchase in order to qualify for a free tea or coffee…— Ben Robertson ® (@CareersChapBen) March 21, 2017last_img read more

Duchess of Sussex planning to give birth on Lindo Wing as staff

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their children at the Lindo Wing, pictured here with Princess Charlotte in 2015Credit:Geoff Pugh The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their children at the Lindo Wing, pictured here with Princess Charlotte in 2015 The first night in Lindo wing costs £5,900 for the normal delivery package and then every additional night is charged at £1,175.Patients can pay extra for a deluxe package, where the rooms are slightly bigger, which costs £6,275 for the first 24 hours and £1,550 for extra nights.In what was billed as a “snub” to Kate, it had been reported that Meghan, 37, planned to give birth on the NHS at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, because it is seven miles closer than the Lindo Wing to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where the Sussexes are due to move in the New Year. The hospital does have a royal connection – Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, gave birth to her daughter Lady Louise Windsor there in 2003 after undergoing an emergency cesarean section. Her son, James, Viscount Severn was also born there in 2007.It is not as luxurious as the Lindo Wing. The large labour ward does not offer private care for maternity patients although private postnatal rooms are available at £100-a-night, without en suite facilities. There are 14 labour rooms available on the general ward, which saw 5,350 births from April 2016 to April 2017.Alternatively Meghan could opt for one of the four birthing rooms in The Mulberry Birth Centre, which is more of a “homely environment” where the focus is on “birth without medical intervention”. Patients are invited to pick their meals from lavish a la carte menus – including a wine and champagne list – and are offered a celebratory post-labour afternoon tea. William and Kate praised the staff there following the births of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3 and nine-month-old Prince Louis. William and Harry were also born there. The rooms have mood-changing lights and a birthing pool is available. Active birthing is encouraged, and rooms come with a bed, chair, a bean bag and an exercise ball available to assist labour.In 2014, Sophie opened the new neonatal unit at Frimley Park Hospital and welled up as she thanked staff for helping her through an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in her losing her first child in 2002. The Countess then almost died giving birth to Louise due to blood loss.Another option for Meghan is London’s Portland Hospital for Women and Children where the Duchess of York gave birth to her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. With celebrity clients including Victoria Beckham, the Portland has gained a reputation for being a hospital for pregnant women who are “too posh to push”. The most basic maternity package there starts at £8,000. Kensington Palace declined to comment. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which is responsible for the Lindo Wing, did not respond to a request for comment. Staff at the Lindo Wing have been advised not to take holiday in the spring, sparking speculation the Duchess of Sussex plans to have their baby there.Contrary to reports the former American actress plans to give birth on the NHS, she may instead follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge, who had her three children at the private maternity unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.A source told the Telegraph: “Staff at the Lindo Wing have been asked not to take holiday in April. Everyone thinks it’s got something to do with the royal baby but no one is confirming anything.” Although Kensington Palace has only said the royal baby is due in the spring, six-month pregnant Meghan let slip during an engagement in Birkenhead that the baby is due at the end of April or early May.The £6,000-a-night Lindo wing offers a “five-star” birthing experience with expectant mothers accommodated in spacious private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Todd Swinderman Chief Technical Director retires from Martin Engineering

first_imgMartin Engineering, a worldwide leader in bulk materials handing technology, has announced the retirement of Chief Technical Director Todd Swinderman as of December 31, 2011. He will continue to support key strategic initiatives with the company as an independent consultant. Swinderman dedicated his career to advancing Martin Engineering, with more than 32 years of service. During his tenure, he was President of the company for 11 years and served seven years as President and CEO. Swinderman developed a number of proprietary systems that have achieved leading positions in the product offering, many of which have become the industry standard for design and performance. He currently holds more than 140 active patents in 12 different countries. “Todd is a well-recognised expert in bulk material handling, with over 50 years of industry experience,” said Ed Peterson, Chairman of Martin Engineering. “He has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening our outstanding R&D team, which is among the best in the industry, and he led our entry into the international marketplace. We are deeply indebted to him for his dedication and outstanding contribution to Martin Engineering.”Building on the foundation of innovation established by Swinderman and a comprehensive strategic plan, Martin is positioned to sustain its role as a global team working in an environment of continuous improvement that inspires customer loyalty.Swinderman has also played a vital role in the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) as President of that organisation in 2009. Previously he served CEMA in several other positions, including chair of the Conveyor Components Section, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. Swinderman also chaired the committees to re-write CEMA Standard 550: Bulk Materials and to create CEMA Standard 575: Impact Beds. In addition, he was chair, editor and “driving force” behind the Sixth Edition of the CEMA Belt Book, Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials.Swinderman was the principal author of Martin Engineering’s FoundationsTM series of non-commercial books, which discuss methods to improve belt conveyor efficiency through total material control. He has published over 30 articles and technical papers on problems and solutions in bulk material handling, including conveyor design, safety and methods of fugitive material control.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #LOUTH A woman (35) was killed when her car collided with another vehicle at Castletown, Dunleer, at approximately 10.15pm last night. The road is closed for a Garda forensic examination, and diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witness to contact Dunleer Garda Station on 041 6862380.2. #BUDGET Have Budget talks stalled? According to the Irish Independent today, detailed preparations for the 2014 budget have been stalled until the pay savings under the Croke Park II deal are achieved. Meanwhile, a Fine Gael minister has said that the budget ‘will ease austerity’, the Irish Times reports. The paper also says that a ‘major concession’ to middle-income taxpayers will be included in the budget.3. #ABORTION A leading perinatal psychologist, Dr Anthony McCarthy, has said that having a six-doctor panel to assess suicidal pregnant women is “almost like a sick joke” and told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that “we have learned nothing if this is a serious suggestion”. Reports at the weekend said that Labour had rejected a Fine Gael plan in an abortion bill legislating for the X Case, due to the fact it suggested the idea of the multi-doctor panel.4. #ATMS In a move that reflects Irish people’s tighter budgets, the Irish Times reports that banks will begin to dispense €10 notes later this year. The details will be discussed in the national Payments Plan, due to be published on Wednesday.5. #SAVITA Praveen Halappanavar has flown to India to speak with his late wife Savita’s parents about last week’s inquest, the Irish Independent reports. Savita’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, told the Irish Daily Mail that he wants someone held responsible for his daughter’s death, and that he and his wife are not convinced the Irish government is taking her death seriously enough.6. #PROTEST Students are to protest over the delayed opening of a €2.7m Kildare school today. St Anne’s national school was ‘completed’ in December 2011, but lies vacant, while the pupils and staff are using prefabs and a 1949 building, the protest organisers say. The facility failed a health and safety inspection in 2011.7. #BOSTON Suspected Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is ‘awake and responding to questions’, latest reports from the USA say. The 19-year-old’s throat is severely injured, and he is said to be writing down his responses to questions from investigators.8. #HO-HUM BANDIT Adam Lynch, an Irish man living in the US who was dubbed the ‘Ho-Hum Bandit’, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half-years in prison in Denver, Colorado, the Irish Examiner reports. Lynch (36) pleaded guilty to a string of robberies. He will be released in around three years, but faces more charges in another state.9. #INDIA A second man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and rape of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi, India. Pradeep Kumar was arrested at a relative’s home after the main accused, Manoj Kumar, said he had taken part in the shocking attack. The child is being treated at a hospital for internal injuries.last_img read more

It finally happened a free iPad with every data plan

first_imgThe availability of a 3G iPad has meant that bundling Apple’s tablet with a contract has been a growing trend. Some networks have discounted the price of the iPad in order to entice a signature for two-years of data plan charges. Until now, though, no one has offered the iPad for free as far as we know.The first to jump and start giving the hardware away is the Japanese network SoftBank. Japanese consumers can now walk out of one of SoftBank’s stores with a free iPad in exchange for signing up to a two-year data contract.The deal only covers the 16GB version of the tablet, though. If you want a 32GB it will cost $115, and a 64GB model is $230. Both are still much cheaper than buying from the Apple Store.For Apple, it really doesn’t make a lot of difference. SoftBank is still buying iPads at the same price as everyone else, they are just deferring any profit for a year or so when the data charges catch up. Apple also still makes money from the App Store whenever one of these iPads is used to make a purchase.One side effect of this deal, if it gets repeated elsewhere, is it could see a surge in iPad sales. Consumers find it hard to turn down “free”, and we are all used to signing up for multi-year contracts when buying a new smartphone.This SoftBank offer lasts until February, so we are bound to see a short-term surge in sales of 3G iPads over the next two months in Japan.Read more at Business Insiderlast_img read more

The road to a better deal

first_imgThere has been a lot of guessing recently, but for now what we know is that inflation is over 3 per cent for the second quarter in a row and that the Reserve Bank will hold interest rates at 4.75 per cent through August. So we have a breather until 6 September, when the Reserve will decide whether to raise interest rates to head-off these strong inflation numbers. I hope they don’t, and we should talk about why. Firstly, there is a real disconnection right now between monetary strategy to control inflation, and the target of those interest rate rises: talk to any business owner and they’ll tell you that every rate rise is punishing those who never benefited from inflation in the first place. Inflation is supposed to be a reflection of increased economic activity, expressed in the rising prices of goods and services. So inflation of 3.9 per cent in the June quarter should mean that this commercial activity is pushing up prices. But it’s so hard to find a business owner raising their prices, or a non-miner with increasing wages, that it’s clear one industry is pushing up wages while every business owner and householder in the country pays higher interest rates. What is actually happening in the non-mining suburbs? Prices of electricity, food and petrol are rising, and household income is static; then interest rates rise on a mortgage that was marginal when they got it four years ago, and is now a ball-and-chain attached to a property with a sinking value. There may be ‘full employment’, but work hours are extending, stress is through the roof and people are stretched as they try to balance work and still have time for the kids. So let’s say it really clearly: Australians have had a gutful of being told what a bed of roses this economy is, and that they’ll need to pay higher interest rates as a punishment for their success. It’s not true and the argument that Australians are ‘saving’ their money – as opposed to being in total defence mode – is an insult. I think the RBA has a case to answer, having dropped interest rates so sharply as the GFC took hold which lured people into property purchases. At very least they should be explaining how they reach their decisions. But rather than wait for the Reserve to move on 6 September, I’m proposing a road to recovery: go to your lender, demand a better deal, or find a lender who will. If they don’t play ball, come and see us at Yellow Brick Road. It’s a tough time and hardworking Australians deserve a better deal. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NagaCorp targeting late 2020 for completion of Russian IR

first_img RelatedPosts Load More NagaCorp welcomes Cambodia directive to halt online gambling Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp says it expects construction of the first phase of its Russian integrated resort, Naga Vladivostok, to be completed by the end of 2020.Providing Inside Asian Gaming with a progress update for the property, located in Russia’s Primorye gaming zone, Naga revealed that the 279-room hotel is now planned for completion towards the end of next year based on the latest contractor’s schedule. The company has yet to set a firm opening date for Naga Vladivostok but had stated in its recent 2018 financial results announcement that the casino “remains broadly on schedule for completion in 2019.” PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The 592,000-square foot development, which will include a 21,500-square foot multi-purpose hall, will be followed by a second phase due for completion in 2022 featuring an outdoor pool and water park.Detailing ongoing development works, Naga said that works had been slowed by excavation for archeological works on the site, with around 40% of the affected area now completed.More broadly, Naga added that all piling and substructure works were finished while 30% to 40% of super-structural works were also complete.The Hotel Tower Block is completed up to Level 3 of 11 total levels and the Casino Podium up to 50% of Level 1. There will be a total of four Casino Podium levels. The ballroom is also completed up to Level 1 of three levels.NagaCorp’s Russian update comes after the only Primorye IR already in operation, Summit Ascent’s Tigre de Cristal, revealed this week that it was hoping to launch Phase II in the “summer of 2021.”last_img read more

All lanes reopen after rollover crash on Palmetto in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – All lanes on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami Gardens have reopened after a rollover crash.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol units responded to the scene of the crash near the Northwest 37th Avenue exit, at around 4:30 p.m., Tuesday.Aerial cameras captured an overturned car, as well as troopers directing westbound traffic, which got by on just one lane for some time.Officials have not specified whether or not anyone was injured.The lanes reopened just before 6:45 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more